He was immediately taken off to be assessed by the team doctors, who have since confirmed the muscular injury and predicted a ten day lay-off at the very least.
While La Furia Roja went on to secure a 1-2 victory at the King Baudouin Stadium thanks to a late David Villa strike, there was a slightly dampened mood in the Spanish camp after the game.
El Niño’s fellow Anfield teammates, Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa were understandably more saddened compared to the others.
“For us, it’s a double blow because we will miss his services at
“Let’s see what the tests say first. We have games non-stop right up until Christmas time, including big games against Atlético and Chelsea and we could miss him a lot,” he added.
Defender Arbeloa was equally anxious to find out the real extent of Torres’ injury but he was hopeful of a speedy recovery, saying: “We have seen him in distress tonight because the muscle injury has come at a very bad time.
“He was so excited to play at Atlético
“He’s a very competitive player and he always wants to help
Torres’ replacement, Arsenal’s Cesc Fábregas, also had battle scars to show when he fractured his nose in the first half, although he was able to see out the game. He will undergo further tests tomorrow to ascertain whether or not he can continue playing, or if he needs immediate surgery.